CMAP Weekly Update, 5-24-13
Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, Policy Updates on recent news from Springfield and recently introduced federal legislation to establish an "American Infrastructure Fund", the upcoming priority deadline for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program, a reminder on the call for community-based projects, and the Chicago Community Trust announced new grants for projects that advance GO TO 2040. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.
Policy Updates. Our Policy Updates blog features recent news from Springfield. The General Assembly is scheduled to conclude its session in one week. We also described recently introduced legislation to establish a $50 billion "American Infrastructure Fund."
Priority deadline May 31: FLIP applications. Applications are available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The priority deadline for applications is May 31. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez (email@example.com or 312-386-8766).
Reminder: Call for local projects. Planning assistance and grants for local projects that implement GO TO 2040 are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program at www.rtachicago.com/applications. Applications are due Wednesday, June 26 at noon. An informational session was held on May 15, and the presentation is available on-line. Review the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible, or contact Erin Aleman (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8816).
Trust grantmaking. This week, The Chicago Community Trust announced ten community-based sustainable development grants for projects that advance GO TO 2040 recommendations, the goals of the Chicago Climate Action Plan and Sustainable Chicago 2015, and/or existing sustainability related policies of a local government or community. The majority of grants will help implement LTA projects.
Transportation Enhancement Program. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for the 2013 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). A guidelines manual is available for reference. Proposals are due August 20, 2013.
Other News and Announcements
Crain's, WBEZ on manufacturing. Crain's Chicago Business featured a series of articles around their Manufacturing Summit held May 21. To learn more about our region's strengths and areas of opportunity in manufacturing, check out CMAP's Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure. In related news, WBEZ's Curious City answered the question "so, what's (still) made in the Chicago area?" with help from CMAP's Garett Ballard-Rosa and Simone Weil.
LTA program. Among recent highlights from the CMAP LTA program:
- The Village of Bensenville recently kicked off work to develop a new comprehensive plan. Visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta/bensenville to stay up to date on this project's progress.
- The Chicago Tribune and My Suburban Life described this week's presentation to the Glen Ellyn Village Board on its draft downtown streetscape and parking study.
- The Norridge-Harwood Heights News described efforts to update the Village of Norridge's zoning ordinance to better-reflect the Norridge comprehensive plan, which was unanimously adopted last fall. The Village's comprehensive plan also takes a close at how to serve its growing senior population, which was referenced in a Medill Reports Chicago article on aging in place.
- My Suburban Life described goals of incoming Riverside Village President Ben Sells, including implementation of the recently adopted Central Business District plan.
- Trib columnist John McCarron mentioned the Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan in a piece on Chicago's struggle with the foreclosure crisis. The City of Chicago, LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, the South East Chicago Commission, and Washington Park Consortium were partners with CMAP on the land use plan.
- The Lake-County News Sun described Waukegan's efforts to develop a commercial corridor plan for Washington Street, including an upcoming workshop to be held on June 20.
CMAP media tip sheet. CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on the latest call for projects through the RTA Community Planning Program and CMAP LTA Program, our analysis of a proposed motor fuel sales tax "swap," upcoming meetings for a Homes for a Changing Region project in Kane County, and more.
CMAP in the news. The Southland Voice featured an article on CMAP's National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency, which we received from the American Planning Association at their National Conference last month.
BRT newsletter. The Chicago Transit Authority released a newsletter on bus rapid transit this month, which features information on the "all-star" jury selected to judge the design competition for three stations in Chicago's planned BRT system, as well as other recent news.
Water management series. CMAP, in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council, the DuPage Water Commission, and MWH Global, are hosting a series of workshops on water management. The first, on utility planning and asset management, will be held on May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the DuPage Water Commission's headquarters (600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst).
Water 2050 workshop. CMAP, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and partners will host a Water 2050: Project Development & Sustainable Infrastructure Planning workshop on energy efficiency for wastewater systems on June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the College of Lake County. Registration is available through June 24.
WBC Logistics Hackathon. World Business Chicago and partners, including CMAP, hosted a "Chicago Logistics Hackathon" on May 18. The first place team conceptualized a Better Routes program, which would take into account the severity of a traffic accident, something most GPS travel time apps ignore.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog highlighted resources available to planning and design professionals, as well as the public at-large, through a new bicycling research program "Cycling in Cities" at the University of British Columbia. We also featured a new edition of the Federal Highway Administration's Pedestrian Forum newsletter, which focuses on the safety benefits of pedestrian hybrid beacons.
Performance-based funding. CMAP believes taxpayers will support investing in a transportation system that improves their quality of life. To accomplish this, Illinois needs to lead the national effort to implement "performance-based funding" of highway and bridge projects. A new microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making. Our Policy Updates blog provides an overview of the microsite, including its compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.
Congestion pricing campaign. CMAP estimates that five GO TO 2040-recommended congestion pricing projects would create $94 billion of increased business output -- defined as final sales by industry -- in constant dollars between 2016 and 2040. Learn more at www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing. To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or email@example.com).
Form-Based Codes Handbook. CMAP recently released Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, which offers an alternative to conventional zoning methods by emphasizing the physical character of development. Contact Stephen Ostrander (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8696).
EI2 rebates. Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home. For more information, contact Emily Plagman at email@example.com. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.
East Dundee Homes workshop
June 10, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Village Hall Annex: 120 Barrington Ave., East Dundee
Hosted by the Village of East Dundee, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
Carpentersville Homes workshop
June 11, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Public Works Building: 1075 Tamarac Drive, Carpentersville
Hosted by the Village of Carpentersville, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
West Dundee Homes workshop
June 18, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Public Safety Center II: 100 Carrington Drive, West Dundee
Hosted by the Village of West Dundee, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
Elgin Homes workshop
June 19, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Centre Heritage Ballroom: 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Hosted by the City of Elgin, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP